Bjarki responds to ex-partner’s transphobic remarks: ‘We will continue to support artists with no discrimination’
Icelandic DJ and bbbbbb label-head Bjarki became embroiled in controversy earlier today, July 18, after a transphobic comment was made from his imprint’s Instagram account on a video of transgendered DJ Maya Bouldry-Morrison performing under her Octo Octa moniker. Following several hours of silence, Bjarki’s label partner, Johnny Chrome Silver, has posted a statement to Facebook claiming responsibility for the comment in question and apologizing to Bouldry-Morrison.
Sharing his partner’s post, Bjarki states, “My deepest apologies to Maya, my fans, and the entire LGBTQQ community,” and reports that Johnny Chrome Silver “has now been removed from the label and relieved of his duties, including social media.” The artist further announces that he will be canceling his current tour in order “to come back and make a more concerted effort to transgender organizations and artist to be included for the make up date.”
Bjarki notes that he has transgendered artists on his imprint, and asserts, “We will continue to support artists with no discrimination, and will NOT CONDONE the actions of those who do not exude compassion, empathy, and understanding for all.”
Read his full statement below:
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